You know you are part of an underrepresented group when you have a dedicated history month. But those recognized in February or March know our relative absence in written history does not mean we did not make, shape, and mold history. We do so profoundly – as both a group and as individuals.
Every March a host of familiar female heroes are trotted out to mark gendered contribution to the progress of society. These women deserve acknowledgement; our world would not be the same without Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, Mary W. Jackson, and so many more.
These annual ritual lists have expanded and improved with time. Sources such as BBC History Magazine have great “100 Women in…” articles on female contributions to business, sport, politics, science and more. This is a good thing. We will know we have made true progress if in 100 years our great-great-grandchildren search the engine du jour for historically important people and the results come back in gender and racial proportions reflective of actual population. Just saying.
While important and impressive, these lists can make us think that history is exclusively the result of a few individuals. It is not. History is ALL of us. Everyone, even those who never make a splash, even those who are never acknowledged, influences the fabric of society by our decisions, our thoughts, and the way we live our lives.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history. The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people."
Women in Facebook groups I have joined recently illustrate the point.
Female Aviators Sticking Together FAST is a daily treat of inspiration, humor, and resilience from 12K pilots of all ages who are following their passion in a typically male field. Handy Women is a group of over 16K kickass women who fix their own faucets, install floors, and knock down walls. They share successes, tips, and failures generously and with encouragement. The 22K women in Women Riders Motorcycle Group USA, well honestly, they are just awesome.
A child - or adult - of any gender who encounters women from these groups is seeing a different reality from 30 or even 10 years ago. By living their interests and passions and expressing themselves unapologetically these women, and all of us going about our lives, are reimagining society’s current norms and shaping future possibilities.
This March, TuckTop is shouting out to all women, acknowledged or not. We choose, we dream, we act, we love, we live. We are making history. 😊
A special shout out to TuckTop fans, some of who are pictured above: they are pilots, models, moms, entrepreneurs, bosses, singers, teachers, bikers, dreamers, artists, marathon runners, nurses, wine lover, puppy lovers, writers, designers, adventurers, and then some. Thank you for your inspiration.